May is bringing warm weather and tons of summer fun things to do in Los Angeles County this May 2017. Speaking of summer, that means outdoor movies which is why our list of events begins with all the biggest movies playing outdoors this month.
With summer, and particularly good weather, comes outdoor movies in LA. Here’s everything you need to put on your calendar for May.
Street Food Cinema
Now – October
Doors 5:30PM, Band 6:30 PM, Movie 8:30 PM
Come early and catch top local bands and see if you’re lucky enough to get chosen for our nightly audience game. And, of course, we all know some of the tastiest eats comes from a food truck so we’re curating the best of the best to fill your belly, mind and soul as the sun sets and the movie begins. These Saturday night movie events include a live music, movie and food trucks.
May 13th: The Breakfast Club @ Pointsettia Rec Park, West Hollywood
May 13th: Star Wars: The Force Awakens @ Los Angeles State Historic Park, Cornfields
May 20th: Toy Story @ Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades
May 27st: Clueless @ Victory Park, Pasadena
May 27th: Back to the Future @ Verdugo Park, Glendale
Eat | See | Hear
Now – September
A summer-long celebration of movies, food and music, Eat|See|Hear is LA’s original traveling outdoor movie series going to rotating venues around the city. Each event features a wide mix of outdoor movies, live music and yummy food trucks.
May 13th: Casablanca at the North Hollywood Recreation Center
May 20th: Grand Budapest Hotel at Santa Monica High School Greek Amphitheater
May 27th: Pulp Fiction at The Autry Museum in Griffith Park
Now – June
Movie times vary 8:30-9PM
Movie, DJ before and after, free photo booth plus beer and wine is permitted. All held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Sat. May 13th: Chinatown
Sat. May 20th: Boogie Nights
Sat. May 27th: North by Northwest
Sun. May 28th: Clueless
Great Horror Movie Night
Friday, May 19th
Held at the Griffith Park Old Zoo
Purchase your ticket for the latest Great Horror Movie Night, playing the original Halloween. Parking is free and it’s first come, first served. Tickets are $17 for the movie and doors open at 6PM. Get there right when doors open to secure your spot on the lawn.
Food For Thought: Empowering Neighborhoods Through Compost
Tuesday, May 9th
Every month the L.A. Kitchen Food For Thought Series explores issues surrounding our local and global food systems. Come to discuss the important topics our food, health and local communities face today. Michael Martinez from L.A. Compost will be talking about the importance of composting for the safety of our soil and planet.
Los Angeles Times Night Market
Wednesday, May 10th – Sunday, May 14th
Wed & Thurs: 5PM-10PM, Fri: 5PM-11PM, Sat & Sun: 3PM-9PM
The first annual Los Angeles Times Night Market will be a bustling outdoor street food market that takes over Grand Park for five consecutive nights. Night Market will feature 50 diverse and exciting food booths from L.A.’s favorite restaurants, food trucks and bars as well as a selection of artisanal vendors. Bring an appetite and a sense of adventure to taste dishes from khao soi, pad kee mao, dim sum to pupusas, encased meats and izakaya.
Echo Park Craft Fair
Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, May 14th
The Echo Park Craft Fair is a 2-day art and design event in Silverlake, California, featuring work by over 120 artists and drawing thousands of guests. Featuring a meticulous curation of work from some of the finest artists in America, the Fair celebrates innovators creating in a vast array of mediums – from ceramics to jewelry, perfumery to clothing design, woodworking to fabric art.
Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, May 14th
Take your mom out for something unique this Mother’s Day. Meet 300 of LA’s hottest designers and discover one-of-a-kind goods while supporting the local community. Entrance to the Spring Market Vendors is $15 general admission and $35 for VIP including a tote bag filled with special gifts.
Saturday, May 13th
Lunch Session is from 11AM to 3PM
Dinner Session is from 5PM to 9PM
EAT show is a new tasting event hosted by and for real food enthusiasts. Hand selected restaurants and eateries were chosen for this epic event lineup. A lineup that resembles a food Coachella, where guests get a chance to discover new favorites, and sample offerings from the best. Ticket sales are limited to void crazy lines like other tasting events and one ticket gives you access to everything and an open bar.
The Bubble Run
Saturday, May 13th
A good clean run is coming to the Pomona Fairplex this month with the Bubble Run. Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of absolute fun. Waves start every 3-5 minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe! Plus there’s an after party with a DJ and of course, more bubbles.
West Coast BBQ Classic
Saturday, May 14th
If you love a good backyard BBQ full of some of your favorite meats, then there’s no better place to be when Top Pit Masters come together to compete for a cash grand prize and the bragging rights as the BBQ Pit Master of 2017! Whether you are a barbecue aficionado, a backyard amateur, a person who appreciates great food or just looking for something to do with the whole family, West Coast BBQ Classic will have something for everyone.
DTLA Women’s History Walk
Sunday, May 14th
Join Walk Ambassador and historian Victoria Bernal to honor women and mothers of Los Angeles who helped to shape our city. Starting at 3pm in Downtown LA on Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day), Victoria will guide the group through sites associated with well-known and not so well-known women of Los Angeles, as you explore the places where they left their mark. Stops include the Bradbury Building, Biddy Mason Park, and the Hearst Examiner Building designed by Julia Morgan.
Camp NO Counselors
Thursday, May 18th – Sunday, May 21st
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go back to summer camp as an adult? Camp No Counselors is the all-inclusive, weekend-long sleepaway camp for grown-ups. The camp weekend is filled with land and water sports, arts ‘n crafts activities, epic nightly theme parties, an open bar, gourmet meals and, of course, all of your favorite classic camp activities from Color War to Talent Show.
LitFest Pasadena 2017
Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st
LitFest Pasadena, the city and Southland’s free literary arts festival, celebrates its sixth year with a weekend of events, authors’ panels and readings. On the sidewalks and in the storefronts, corridors and unique venues of the highly walkable Playhouse District, enjoy LA’s most diverse and exciting authors, and eclectic discussion panels.
Saturday, May 20th
HorrorCon Jr. is an art show and expo dedicated to all things relating to Horror, Halloween, and Day of the Dead at the Expo Arts Center in Long Beach. From special effects artists and shock show performers to artists, crafters, and vendors, there’s something for ghosts and goblins of all ages to enjoy. Part of the proceeds will benefit Sunnyside Cemetery’s efforts to preserve, maintain, and keep its historic grounds open to the public.
Long Beach Pride Festival and Parade
Saturday, March 20th – Sunday, March 21st
Come and enjoy the great weather, live entertainment, great food, shop around for gifts and memorabilia, and of course mingle with the thousand of guests that attend and make Long Beach Pride one of the best in California. There will be tons of live entertainment all weekend long on several different stages: Main stage, Dance stage, Urban soul stage, Country stage and Fiesta Caliente stage. And don’t miss the parade on Sunday starting at 10AM!
Uncorked: Derby Days Wine Fest
Saturday, March 20th
Uncorked is coming back to The Culver Studios for the second annual Derby Days Champagne and Wine Festival. This event features over 60 wineries, 150 wines, champagne lounge, gourmet food trucks, live music, lawn games, cigar bar and more! There are two sessions to choose from: The first session has a VIP hour from 12-1pm ($70) and general admission at 1pm. This session ends at 4pm. The second session is all general admission ($60) from 5-8pm.
California Strawberry Fest
Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st
Enjoy 50 food booths, contests, rides and attractions, over 200 arts & crafts vendors, concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, and family fun! The 2017 California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard is the perfect summer kickoff with proceeds benefiting the community in a BIG way. There are tons of fun events all weekend long from the Strawberry pie eating competition and Berry best hat contest to live bands all weekend long.
Museums of the Arroyo Day
Sunday, May 21st
Six museums in LA and Pasadena will open their doors, free of charge, from 12-5PM. Each year, thousands of Angelinos have experienced the diverse mix of art, architecture and history of the Arroyo Seco area found in the six unique history-based museums that preserve and perpetuate early Los Angeles life. Discover what continues to make the Arroyo Seco a bustling, vibrant arts-driven community that crosses neighborhoods and social boundaries.
Spring Fling in Venice
Saturday, May 21st
The Sixth Annual Venice Spring Fill will kick off springtime at the beach in Venice with a free, full day of art and music in Windward Plaza Park. The festival features musical entertainment, an art show, belly dance, food, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Experience, and more. The festival is free and open to the public held between the boardwalk and the bike trail at the west end of Windward Avenue in Venice.